11 Silver and Gold Holiday Decorating Ideas to Transform Your Winter Abode

If ever there was a time for a little glitz and glamour, the holidays are it. The snow is falling, the air is crisp, and the hot chocolate (or better yet, Baileys and cream) is flowing. So why not celebrate? You don't have to put an elf on every shelf and suddenly become a fan of the traditional red and green color combo. Instead, this holiday season opt for pairing silver and gold. After all, mixing metal finishes is one of 2018's hottest trends, and the holidays are the perfect time to take a stab at the glittering duo. Here are 11 ways to weave this festive look into your home without feeling like Goldmember from Austin Powers.

1. Create a tree out of ornaments.

If your pad is spatially challenged, a glorious full-bodied Douglas fir might not be an option. However, you can still partake in the tree-trimming fun thanks to this holiday DIY by Maryann from Domestically Speaking. Wood boards adorned with gold and silver ornaments create a tiny Christmas miracle.

2. Give your front porch a seasonal facelift.

gold and silver holiday front porch decor
credit: Pottery Barn

Dress up your doorstep and announce to the neighborhood that you're in the holiday spirit. From wreaths to garland laced in silver and gold, Pottery Barn ( starting at $39.50 ) has your outdoor needs covered. So go crazy!

3. Integrate ornaments throughout the house.

Holiday decor doesn't have to be limited to the living room and front porch. Spread the love throughout your home. Bre from Rooms for Rent paired her silver kitchenware with gold ornaments, creating a nice neutral balance that still feels festive.

4. Transform your mantel.

Upgrade your holiday mantel game with silver and gold. Ashley from Curls and Cashmere layered an evergreen garland with baubles and trinkets to create a lush winter scene.

5. Construct an advent calendar.

Put your crafting skills to the test and make a shimmering advent calendar. Paige from Heirloom Keepsakes DIYed this silver and gold beauty, making the countdown to Christmas that much sweeter.

6. Swap out your candleholders.

mercury glass candleholders in silver and gold for holiday decor
credit: West Elm

Probably the quickest and easiest way to start decorating for the holidays: swap out your old candleholders. These mercury glass hurricanes and votives from West Elm ( starting at $8 ) are the perfect option. And they come in different shapes, sizes, and of course, silver and gold finishes, so you can mix and match to create a warm holiday tablescape or mantelscape that is beautifully unique.

7. Choose a bold accent color.

minimalist Christmas tree with gold and silver decorations
credit: Stylizimo

We love the way Nina from Stylizimo incorporated black accents into her minimalist silver and gold color scheme. The bold pop of color really punches things up and ties everything together beautifully.

8. Craft a sparkling tablescape.

A mixed-metal tablescape is the perfect way to celebrate the season. The team over at Inspired by This decked out their holiday table in silver pine cones, gold and silver flatware, and copper geometric vases filled with gold and silver ornaments. Swoon!

9. Don't be scared to hang things from the ceiling.

This quick and easy DIY from Valentina over at Flying House by Traveling Mama is one of our absolute faves. By tying a few spare gold and silver ornaments to a tree branch, she's created a festive Scandinavian-inspired backdrop that can instantly dress up any room.

10. Turn your bar cart into a shiny vignette.

The holidays are a time to drink and be merry, so it's only right that you spruce up the most popular accent piece in your house: the bar cart. Amanda from Strawberry Chic gave her drink trolley a festive makeover with the help of a few sparkling accents like a gold banner and a white miniature Christmas tree adorned with silver and gold ornaments.

11. Jingle bells ... literally.

silver and gold bell garlands for the holiday decor
credit: World Market

Over the years, between the Christmas trees, the holiday wreaths, and the evergreen garlands, you've probably had enough fallen pine needles to last you a lifetime. So this season switch things up and trade in your traditional strands of greenery for these gold and silver bells from World Market ( $19.98 ).


Jamie Wiebe

Jamie Wiebe

Jamie is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado, who writes about real estate and interior design.